What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
SP:1) Y. Darvish2) D. Holland3) M. Garza (resigned 5 yrs 65 million w/incentives to 70 million & 6 yr vesting option for 12.5 million...steep I know but this is the cost of of free agent front line pitcher who hopefully will have shown he can pitch in RBiA..without giving up draft compensation is also a plus...make it work JD)4) M. Harrison5) M. Perez (will have competition in ST from A. Ogando, N. Feliz, N. Teppesch, and perhaps C. Lewis if his season turns out alright though I fear even if it does, his best case scenario is a ST invite or shopping his services elsewhere)
BP:Closer: J. Nathan (option picked up after All-Star nod and 3 or less blown saves w/ 50 plus overall over entire season...i'll take that please)Set-up: J. Soria (fully back to form)Long-man/ Spot Starter: A. Ogando (Arb) (where he should be as a dangerous weapon out of the pen...with our SP depth I'd rather have an elite BP arm like his that an above average #3 starter who rarely goes past 5 or 6 and is blatantly hounded by injuries and fatigue)Lefties: R. Ross, N. CottsRighties: N. Feliz (Arb), T. Scheppers
Catcher: B. McCann (sign 3 yrs 48 million..if not then get an adequate stop gap to complement AJP until Alfaro is ready)...Backup C: AJP (resign to 1 yr. 6 million...if not backup than 2 yr 11 million)
Infield:1B: Mitch Moreland (Arb)2B: J. ProfarSS: E. Andrus3B: A. BeltreMI Utility: If injury occurs to either Profar or Andrus, then Kinsler will fill in at 2nd and SS will be solved accordingly but for pinchrunning and the sake of tradition, the official MI utility spot will be solved internally in ST between L. Garcia & Y. Solarte
Outfield: LF: I. KinslerCF: L. MartinRF/DH: N. Cruz (resigned 2 yrs 15 million)4th Outfielder: C. Gentry (Arb) used as a baserunner/bunter/defensive subs. which is what he is5th Outfielder: J. Baker (resigned 2 yrs. 5 million b/c Murphy hasn't performed and will cost more and produce less and can't play the infield as a 4 corners guy and provide the value that Baker can in a reduced role...yeah I said it)
DH/RF: C. Beltran (2 yr. 25 million w/ vesting option on 3rd year for 10 million) Good b/c he can play RF if/when Cruz is suspended
Lineup barring injury/suspensions: Kinsler, Elvis, Beltran, Beltre, McCann (L), Cruz, Moreland (L), Profar (S), Martin (L)It'll be somewhat expensive, but with the new TV deal kicking in these moves break open our title window these savvy veterans will allow us to be competitive while sustaining our young core seeing our prospects arrive in 2016 and 2017.
Forgot to mention that Profar can and has played 3B adequately in streches and forgive my being a bit impartially harsh on Murphy and Ogando...I was at the game last night and more was needed of them...it is a team game though
Beltran is likely staying in St. Louis. Look for a strong push for Ellsbury but of course he could extend with Boston. Pence is another good option. Offense would be better, but only marginally. The right handed outfield bat could be in the works by the 31st. Look for the Rangers to push hard for Rios, but he is so up and down: One moment he looks like a 5 tool superstar, the next he is being benched by Ventura for lack of hustle. But if the outfield, and a huge if, is Kinsler-Ellsbury- Rios as the 2014 outfield, each has the potential to be a 30/30 player, or have already achieved that level. The 4th outfielder would be Martin, he has done okay this season, but his career should be on the rise, with that same potential. Andrus is the weak link, whose bat was able to hide on past Rangers team. But his career is rapidly becoming the second coming of Mario Mendoza, but actually with less pop. That is not a good thing. Ideal would have been to trade Andrus back in late winter when their were options. Now he is a very over paid defensive wiz that needs to bat 8th or 9th on an American League team. McCann would be an excellent free agent target, but also keeping AJP. McCann had a torn labrum in 2012 and that is not a good sign for a catcher. Garza's signing is a must, 12 starts for what they gave up for a pitcher who has elbow issues in the past, not a good sign and hints at a poterntial TJ candidate. Otherwise, aside for surprise free agent signings, Joseph that may very well be the Ranger roster in 2014.
Why in the fuck are you talking about 2014?
Better than your previous attempts, I think, but still not keen on a few of these suggestions.
- Garza has had 1 start here. Let's let him have a few here before we dump 8 figures on him, please?- Nathan's situation is interesting, but I think there's a good chance he's not here next year. Count on Soria or possibly Scheppers or Feliz to close, if Feliz isn't starting. I don't like Ogando as a long man; I think he'll do better if he either starts or sets up regularly, not both. He has too high a ceiling to be Feldman.- McCann will almost certainly require a higher commitment than that. I'm guessing he'll get more like 4 years at $55-60m.- AJ's defense is going. I'd rather see Soto as the backup, especially if we should sink that much into McCann. You don't pay your backup catcher, who usually plays about twice a week, $6m.- My opinion of Mitch is waning again, and I think this is the year I decide he's through here. Maybe he turns into Chris Davis somewhere else, but I imagine the Rangers will be looking to upgrade at 1B over the offseason. They might not get to it, but they'll look for it.- I like Profar and Elvis up the middle with Ian in LF. I don't know if Ian will like it, though. Garcia has a long way to go before I want him up here again, even if it's just as a util guy.- If the Rangers keep Cruz (and it will probably cost more than $15m to do so, that I'm almost certain of), he needs to stop playing RF every day. Beltran is not the answer, either; he's even older and, while still capable in RF, needs a day off every week or 2. If the Rangers trade for Rios or someone, that's the RF. If not, I'd rather see them go after Pence or Ellsbury, even though I think they'll cost too much. RF is up in the air.- I also don't like your lineup. Elvis is just not producing in the 2 slot, and unless he turns that around, Profar or Martin needs to be hitting there. In fact, as Ian is getting slower, I'd rather see him moved out of the 1 slot. If Profar or Martin can get on base more often, they need to be in the 1 slot.- Baker seems fine, but they should go 1 year at a time on him.
Yeah let's put Kins in LF. He's played there so much. His numbers would suck for a LFer. I say put Kins at C if he is so fucking versatile.
In all honesty, I will get beaten up for this but there is no easy answer for the 14 lineup. The holes are LF, RF, SS (offensively), 1B, DH, and C. JD is not going to spend the money on what it would take to get a solid RBI producing DH in here so that hole will be filled by Baker or someone like that, maybe Morse (if he is cheap enough). Elvis is going nowhere but he is the face of the franchise and as long as Wash is here Elvis bats in the #2 hole. Cruz will be suspended for at least 50 games either this year or next, having said that unless he is cheap (less than 7 mil per year) I do not see him back in Texas and in reality I don't want him manning RF. Murphy is done in TX, this year left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. Having said that what I honestly expect and I sincerely hope I am wrong is: 1. Kinsler 2B (they learned form the MY situation), 2. Elvis SS, 3. Beltre 3B, 4. Morse RF (3/15 plus incentives) 5.Morales DH/1B, 6. AJ/Soto C, 7. Moreland 1B, 8.Martin LF, 9. Gentry CF Bench: Profar/Solarte/Garcia, Baker, Soto, E. Beltre. I see this simply because the Rangers are not going to spend money just to spend money. There are no signifacant upgrades out there offensively at the holes we have. Pence will resign with SF simply because we will not spend the money it will take to outbid them. Stanton will not be traded by the Marlins. So we end up with Morales and Morse from Seattle because those are probably the two cheapest hitters available on the market that can be sold to the fans as upgrades. The rotation will be the strength of the team again and if all goes well could carry the team to a WS title if JD is willing to spend money or trade. I will explain. Rotation :1. Darvish, 2. Garza/Price (if JD trades Profar and eats some money TB will trade Price for Profar in the offseason, if not that then if JD spends the money maybe 5/75 Garza will resign) 3. Holland, 4. Harrison, 5. Perez. BP: Closer -Soria, Setup-Scheppers, LH- Ross and Cotts, Long- Ogando RH- Feliz and Frasor. That team can win with some luck and timely hitting. But I do not see JD moving significant pieces for Rios/Konerko/ etc this year. Nor do I see him investing significant money in borderline hitters which there are many of as free agents this offseason. JD is shrewd not cheap and he will invest money in starters nothing else.
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